The driving force behind the building of Alumni Hall was to memorialize the Vanderbilt men who fought and died in World War I. This campaign was brought forward in March, 1919, by the Vanderbilt Alumni Association board. This shaped one of the distinguishing features of the building, which is located in the Memorial Room on the second floor. The names of the 44 Vanderbilt casualties are carved in stone above the two fireplace mantles, located at either end of the room.
Over the years Alumni Hall has served many purposes, from the original student center to administrative offices.
The renovation of Alumni Hall was the first in its 86-year history and maintains the integrity of the building’s architectural history. The Vanderbilt Board of Trust approved the project in November, 2011, to support a wide range of activities. The updated facility supports catered dining, tutoring, meeting, studying and socializing.
Construction began immediately following Commencement in May, 2012, with completion in summer 2013. The renovation not only included updating the current spaces inside the building, but also expanded terraces on both the east and west sides of the building.
Every space inside Alumni Hall underwent a renovation. In the basement, students have access to a new exercise room and tutoring center. The first floor includes a new cafe, lounge, and writing studio. On the second floor the Memorial Room underwent extensive updates, and is joined by a new classroom and reading room. The third floor houses a new faculty office suite.
The increase in meeting space is a response to the increased student engagement and leadership on campus and complements the renovations of Sarratt Student Center that occurred during the summer of 2012. The space also benefits the students living in the new College Halls that are under construction where Kissam Quandrangle formerly stood.
Closed Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5
Summer Hours (begin May 9, 2015)
*Special Event openings may apply
Bamboo Bistro Hours
Monday – Thursday 11am – 8pm
Friday 11am – 3pm
Closed on Saturday & Sunday
Please see Vanderbilt Campus Dining’s website for special hours during summer and breaks.
A valid Vanderbilt ID is required to access the Exercise Room.
Exercise Room hours will always match the building hours, unless otherwise noted.
Joe C. Davis Memorial Hall
The Writing Studio
The Writing Studio fosters conversation, collaboration, and critical reflection on writing. Open to all members of Vanderbilt’s scholarly community, the Studio provides opportunities to receive constructive feedback from trained consultants and to develop strategies for all stages of the writing process.
The Writing Studio offers free and confidential writing assistance to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty at Vanderbilt University.
The Studio also offers support for instructors of writing-intensive courses in the College of Arts and Science.
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
A&S Tutoring Center
A&S Tutoring offers individual, appointment-based assistance to students who wish to enhance their academic performance in introductory classes offered by the College of Arts and Science in the following departments: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Neuosciences, Physics, and a number of Foreign Languages. Services are free of charge.
Students are encouraged to work primarily with their professors and TAs to keep on top of their studies. There is no substitute for developing a strong working relationship with your professors and TAs.
Monday – Thursday: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Appointments begin at 10 minutes past the hour
Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning
The Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning will focus on developing the university’s strategy related to digital learning for courses offered on campus and those offered through MOOCs and other platforms. It will manage the university’s partnership with Coursera and oversee the production of content for Coursera and for other platforms. In addition, the institute will study the medium itself to promote innovations in teaching on campus afforded by digital resources. It will also encourage and support faculty and student research on MOOCs.
Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning
Third Floor, Alumni Hall